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Reflexive Tense, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns.

Reflexive Tense, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns.

Why do Spanish speakers say me voy instead of voy? In addition to this example, many common phrases such as se habla español aqui (Spanish spoken here) uses a special tense called the reflexive. The reflexive tense is used when a subject performs an action on itself. So, I dressed my self this morning would be me vestí esta manaña. Lets take a look below regarding the basics of the reflexive tense and when to use it! The Basics of…

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How to conquer the fear of learning a language

How to conquer the fear of learning a language

Do you want to be a polyglot, but are scared of learning a language because you might sound foolish? Don’t worry as this is a very common fear that everybody including myself has had. Most people are introduced to languages via classrooms and are taught that sentences have to be grammatically perfect. You need to learn high-level grammar rules, but don’t worry, even native speakers make mistakes. The best ways to get over fear of learning a language include going to language…

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The True Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

The True Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

What is the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo and what does it mean to you? Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by many people throughout the world, especially in the southwestern US. People like to use this holiday as a homage to Mexican culture by eating tacos, wearing sombreros and drinking Mexican cervezas (think Pacifico). But what does this holiday really mean? Most erroneously believe that this holiday is Mexico’s independence which occurs on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo really…

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123 Spanish Tutor: Affordable and Convenient Online Spanish Tutors

123 Spanish Tutor: Affordable and Convenient Online Spanish Tutors

Why use Online Spanish Tutors? Do you want to learn a language, but don’t want to go to a classroom? Technology has made it easier and more affordable to learn a language through Apps (think Duolingo) and listening programs such as Learning Spanish like Crazy. But what if you want something more personalized? Look no further as online tutoring blends technology and a personalized approach to help you learn a language while having fun. Let’s take a look at some benefits…

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Does dating a native speaker really help fluency?

Does dating a native speaker really help fluency?

Can having a significant other who is a native speaker really help you learn a language? Of course, and it can be a very fun process. Alex, one of my friends from college, was road tripping down in Mexico 3 years ago when he met Cruz, his Mexican girlfriend. Recently, the couple got married in Mazatlan, Mexico and his Spanish is excellent. In fact, the ceremony was in Spanish and their vows were in mostly Spanish too. Dating a native…

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Snowboarding Places in the Hispanic World

Snowboarding Places in the Hispanic World

Do you love snowboarding, but want to try it in an exotic destination? While many places such as Mammoth, CA have had an epic winter, there are many premiere snowboarding places in the Hispanic world. Most people perceive Hispanic countries as tropical areas with no snow, but not all Hispanic countries fall under this definition. For example, Spain, Chile, and Mexico offer world class skiing and snowboarding. Spain Ah Spain, the land of tapas, flamenco and bullfighting. Spain isn’t generally…

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Surfing in the Hispanic world

Surfing in the Hispanic world

Do you like to play sports while traveling? While sightseeing can be fun, world class sports destinations are even better. I personally love traveling to exotic surfing destinations, which can be found throughout the Hispanic world. In the past, surfing was restricted to Australia, California, and Hawaii. Currently, once unsurfable places like Canada can be surfed due to technological advances. While many Hispanic countries offer surfing, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico have world class surf within their borders. Peru…

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Biggest Spanish Mistakes made by Gringos

Biggest Spanish Mistakes made by Gringos

Have you spent years learning Spanish and still have a strong foreign accent? This situation is relatively common as traditional Spanish classes focus on conjugating and grammar, instead of sounding conversationally fluent. While a solid base of grammar concepts is important, you should focus on being conversationally fluid once you’re proficient with the main grammar concepts. Below, you’ll find the biggest Spanish mistakes that foreigners, or gringos commonly make. Gender Confusion with Noun Style) I’m not talking about that kind of…

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Preterite vs Imperfect Tense

Preterite vs Imperfect Tense

Like learning to distinguish between ser and estar, deciding when to use the preterite vs imperfect tense is very important. Unlike English, Spanish has two ways to use the past tense. If you use the wrong tense, it could even change the meaning of the phrase. In this post, I will guide you when to use the preterite vs the imperfect along with the basic conjugations. Conjugations: Before you can choose between preterite vs imperfect tenses, you must learn the…

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Difference Between Ser and Estar: Special Hacks

Difference Between Ser and Estar: Special Hacks

Does Spanish ever seem confusing and strange? I can imagine and even some rudimentary grammar concepts are vastly different than other languages like English. One of the most important and unique Spanish grammar concepts is the Difference Between Ser and Estar. Both verbs mean to be but some cases require you to use ser, while estar is appropriate in other cases. Many beginners get very confused with this concept and need to distinguish when to use which verb. In this…

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